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Most Armed: 1,988thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,123rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,759th
The Still No Civil War of
Democratic Socialists
The Commando Program Doesn’t Exist
Senator Elaxan Rackham
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Kathol Rift

Population3.472 billion

CapitalThe Citadel of Peace
LeaderSenator Elaxan Rackham


The Still No Civil War of Kathol Rift is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Senator Elaxan Rackham with an even hand, and remarkable for its national health service, compulsory military service, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 3.472 billion Kathols are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large, corrupt, socially-minded government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Education, Administration, and Healthcare also on the agenda, while Spirituality is ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Citadel of Peace. The average income tax rate is 94.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Kathol economy, worth 609 trillion Chits a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology and Tourism. Average income is an impressive 175,548 Chits, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Retirement homes are often fitted with luxurious suites, selfie stick use is a required Scout badge, the nation has always been at war with Bigtopia, and minority children spend hours bussing to schools miles away from home. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Kathol Rift's national animal is the Thunderbird, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Kathol Rift is ranked 18,381st in the world and 437th in the Pacific for Most Eco-Friendly Governments, scoring 3,841.82 on the Dolphin Recycling Awareness Index.

Most Armed: 1,988thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,123rdTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 2,759thHealthiest Citizens: 3,143rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 3,172ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,321stLongest Average Lifespans: 3,402ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,480thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,782ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,207thLowest Crime Rates: 4,464thMost Developed: 5,161stHighest Average Tax Rates: 5,430thLargest Governments: 5,604thLargest Welfare Programs: 7,018thSmartest Citizens: 7,077thBest Weather: 8,555thMost Inclusive: 8,811thMost Secular: 8,882ndHighest Average Incomes: 9,386thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,670thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 10,909thMost Influential: 10,927thTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 13,106thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 13,199thMost Beautiful Environments: 13,339thMost Efficient Economies: 15,753rdMost Advanced Public Education: 15,831stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 18,381stMost Income Equality: 18,514thMost Subsidized Industry: 19,462ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 21,865th
Most Influential: 25th in the regionMost Armed: 32nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 57th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 63rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 77th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 79th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 86th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 104th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 105th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 106th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 121st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 124th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 125th in the regionLargest Governments: 133rd in the regionMost Developed: 137th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 177th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 177th in the regionBest Weather: 204th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 209th in the regionMost Secular: 230th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 232nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 245th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 267th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 298th in the regionTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 306th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 312th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 336th in the regionRudest Citizens: 346th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 388th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 392nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 400th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 426th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 437th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 512th in the regionLargest Populations: 602nd in the region

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